The table below looks at the statistics for MCSD in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCSD over the 3 months to 23 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 236 151 184
Rank change year-on-year
-85 +33
Permanent jobs citing MCSD 24 96 79
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.33% 1.41% 1.07%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.38% 6.16% 4.10%
Number of salaries quoted 20 96 78
Average salary £35,000 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £34,750 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £62,750 £40,000 £40,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
MCSD
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised in the North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1736 1558 1927
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 23.51% 22.94% 26.10%
Number of salaries quoted 1367 1319 1602
Average salary £40,000 £39,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.26% +12.85%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £24,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £57,500 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -

MCSD
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing MCSD across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCSD Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MCSD
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCSD across the North West region.

MCSD Salary Trend in the North West

MCSD
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MCSD across the North West region over the 3 months to 23 September 2014.

MCSD Salary Histogram in the North West

MCSD
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the North West region over the 3 months to 23 September 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire -62 8 £35,000 -6.66%
Cumbria +4 6 £62,500 +78.57%
Manchester -25 6 £40,000 -
Lancashire -7 3 - -
Merseyside +2 1 £28,625 -34.57%
MCSD
England

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, IT jobs across the North West region citing MCSD also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited MCSD.

1 54 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (87.04%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (87.04%) .NET
2 47 (87.04%) ASP.NET
3 45 (83.33%) C#
3 45 (83.33%) ASP.NET MVC
4 44 (81.48%) SQL Server
5 43 (79.63%) MVC
6 42 (77.78%) TDD
6 42 (77.78%) MCP
7 41 (75.93%) MCTS
8 40 (74.07%) WCF
8 40 (74.07%) ASP.NET MVC 4
8 40 (74.07%) MCAD
9 38 (70.37%) Razor View Engine
9 38 (70.37%) Web Application Development
10 25 (46.30%) MSTest
11 23 (42.59%) Dependency Injection
11 23 (42.59%) Inversion of Control
11 23 (42.59%) Rhino Mocks
11 23 (42.59%) Moq
11 23 (42.59%) Castle Windsor
11 23 (42.59%) Ninject
11 23 (42.59%) Unity DI Container
11 23 (42.59%) Kanban
11 23 (42.59%) Continuous Integration
11 23 (42.59%) Spring.NET
11 23 (42.59%) NUnit
11 23 (42.59%) Scrum
12 19 (35.19%) BDD

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, IT jobs across the North West region citing MCSD also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited MCSD. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 10 (18.52%) SharePoint
2 6 (11.11%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 3 (5.56%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.85%) Visualfiles
Communications & Networking
1 4 (7.41%) VLAN
2 2 (3.70%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (81.48%) SQL Server
2 17 (31.48%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.85%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 25 (46.30%) MSTest
2 23 (42.59%) Rhino Mocks
2 23 (42.59%) Moq
2 23 (42.59%) NUnit
3 2 (3.70%) Selenium
3 2 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (3.70%) SpecFlow
4 1 (1.85%) Subversion
4 1 (1.85%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (3.70%) Finance
1 2 (3.70%) Billing
1 2 (3.70%) Marketing
2 1 (1.85%) Legal
Job Titles
1 48 (88.89%) Developer
2 42 (77.78%) .NET Developer
3 6 (11.11%) Infrastructure Architect
3 6 (11.11%) Architect
4 5 (9.26%) Senior Developer
5 4 (7.41%) Technical Architect
5 4 (7.41%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
6 2 (3.70%) Systems Developer
6 2 (3.70%) Senior Systems Developer
6 2 (3.70%) Senior .NET Developer
7 1 (1.85%) Analyst Developer
7 1 (1.85%) Applications Developer
7 1 (1.85%) Analyst Programmer
7 1 (1.85%) Programmer
7 1 (1.85%) Software Developer
7 1 (1.85%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (87.04%) ASP.NET
1 47 (87.04%) .NET
2 45 (83.33%) ASP.NET MVC
3 40 (74.07%) WCF
3 40 (74.07%) ASP.NET MVC 4
4 38 (70.37%) Razor View Engine
5 23 (42.59%) Unity DI Container
5 23 (42.59%) Castle Windsor
5 23 (42.59%) Ninject
5 23 (42.59%) Spring.NET
6 6 (11.11%) CSS
7 5 (9.26%) .NET Framework
8 4 (7.41%) SOAP
9 3 (5.56%) HTML
9 3 (5.56%) Ajax
9 3 (5.56%) jQuery
10 2 (3.70%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 2 (3.70%) LINQ to SQL
10 2 (3.70%) WPF
10 2 (3.70%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 23 (42.59%) Inversion of Control
2 3 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 8 (14.81%) Windows
2 7 (12.96%) UNIX
2 7 (12.96%) Solaris
3 6 (11.11%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (87.04%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (79.63%) MVC
3 42 (77.78%) TDD
4 38 (70.37%) Web Application Development
5 23 (42.59%) Scrum
5 23 (42.59%) Continuous Integration
5 23 (42.59%) Kanban
5 23 (42.59%) Dependency Injection
6 19 (35.19%) BDD
7 17 (31.48%) Domain-Driven Design
7 17 (31.48%) CQRS
8 6 (11.11%) Migration
9 4 (7.41%) OO
9 4 (7.41%) OOD
9 4 (7.41%) Technical Architecture
9 4 (7.41%) Waterfall
9 4 (7.41%) Load Balancing
10 2 (3.70%) Time Management
10 2 (3.70%) MVVM
10 2 (3.70%) OWASP
Programming Languages
1 45 (83.33%) C#
2 5 (9.26%) JavaScript
3 4 (7.41%) SQL
4 2 (3.70%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.85%) Shell Script
5 1 (1.85%) AWK
5 1 (1.85%) VB6
5 1 (1.85%) Korn
5 1 (1.85%) XPath
5 1 (1.85%) Bourne shell
5 1 (1.85%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.85%) VB
5 1 (1.85%) C
Qualifications
1 54 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 42 (77.78%) MCP
3 41 (75.93%) MCTS
4 40 (74.07%) MCAD
5 6 (11.11%) MCSE
5 6 (11.11%) CCA
5 6 (11.11%) Citrix Certification
5 6 (11.11%) CCEA
5 6 (11.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 6 (11.11%) SC Cleared
5 6 (11.11%) Security Cleared
6 1 (1.85%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 6 (11.11%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (3.70%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 13 (24.07%) Microsoft
2 6 (11.11%) Citrix
2 6 (11.11%) VMware
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle